Travel is a proven and important component of the music education process. Since 1967, Reynolds musicians have been excellent ambassadors to the communities, and locations they have visited. Under normal circumstances, students involved with the music program will have at least four opportunities to travel throughout their time at Reynolds.
Travel is also a reward for hard work, dedication, and time spent in rehearsal, class, and performance situations (see attached list of performances). Tour dates are selected to minimize major conflicts with school events and student studies.
Music tours are an optional, extra-curricular extension of band, choir, and strings classes at Reynolds Secondary School. Students who choose not to travel will still receive a balanced music education. Grades will not be affected should a student not travel.
Tours will be open to all music students and every effort will be made to incorporate a balance between:
a.) cultural/historical experiences in the various locations we visit (when applicable)
b.) music education through attending university clinics/workshops as well as watching/listening to performance from various ensembles (multiple levels: community, other school groups, semi-professional, professional & multiple music genres)
ii.) Performance Opportunities
a.) performances at local schools (ideally those without music programs)
b.) community concerts, benefit concerts, senior citizen homes, etc.
c.) competitive festivals opportunities will be considered if applicable but will not be a major focus for longer tours
iii.) Fun/ Team-Building
a.) students will continue to develop trusting, healthy relationships with each other and the Reynolds Music Directors while on tour
b.) rewards for the numerous rehearsals/performances given throughout the year